When people call with questions about qualifying for assistance the questions are usually about owning a home, how much money will they receive and can money or home be given away.
ALTCS/Medicaid does not pay money to people they provide health care & services. The applicant may pay his or her portion of their income to cover the cost of their care if they are not living at home.
The applicant’s home is not a countable asset UNLESS it has been place (titled) to a Trust. Also, the State will place a lien on the home.
When someone gives away something of value & does not receive compensation for it the State considers it a transfer & will penalize the applicant if the transfer was made within the last 5 yrs of the application.
Clear as mud? That is one of the main reasons a qualified individual is recommended to assist with the process. If you needed a plumber or electrician would you pay someone that is licensed and contracted or do it yourself? Getting it done right the first time saves time and peace of mind.